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Career Talk

July 09, 2020 @ 11:00am

IT Careers in Public Sector Higher Education

Dr. Mike Russell

This talk will identify the many career opportunities in IT in the public sector, specifically Higher Education. There is a vast array of IT skillsets that is much larger than coding. Coding is a high demand skillset but so are Cybersecurity; Applications and Integration; Portfolio, Project and Change Management; Business Analysis (process redesign); Systems Administration and Engineering; Networking and Telecommunications Engineers; Desktop support; Helpdesk/Service Desk (ITSM); Training Specialist, Enterprise/Infrastructure Architect, Business Analytics (Statistical Analysis and Reporting), Identity and Access Management (IAM); User Experience and Design (UX); and Governance, Budget and Planning. On the purely Academic Side there are additional specialties like Instructional
Designer, Technical Librarian, Audio Visual Engineer and a host of Faculty support positions in research and instruction. IT has become a cornerstone of the enterprise and requires a wide variety of skillsets that encompasses more than programming. Coding is a great introduction to the world of IT but is but one area of expertise.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Michael Russell has over 30 years of Higher Education experience. He is currently serving as the CIO
for the VCCS. Dr. Russell previously held positions at CampusWorks (consulting) as a Site Manager/CIO
for the San Jose Evergreen Community College District, Montgomery College as the Vice President of
Instructional and Information Technology/Chief Information Officer, Georgia State University as the
Director of Academic Technology Services, Chief Technology Officer at University of West Georgia and
the Director of ITS at Christopher Newport University. His other employment experiences include work
as a Computer Systems Senior Engineer and a Sr. Programmer/Analyst with the State Council of Higher
Education for Virginia and a computer programmer for Decision Resources Corporation.
Dr. Russell has a keen interest in aligning innovative technologies with new business processes.
Dr. Russell earned his doctorate (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration from The George
Washington University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia
Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Old Dominion University. In
addition, he holds a certificate in computer programming from the graduate school at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture.

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